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london pottery sites & sights?

updated wed 12 may 04


Nancy R Chestnut on mon 10 may 04

Hello fellow clayarters,

I'm off next Sunday to spend a week in Merrye Olde London. Any suggestions
re: clay related must-sees?

Nancy Chestnut in Cincinnati

May Luk on tue 11 may 04

For the Month of May 2004

Barret Marsden Gallery
17-18 Great Sutton Street
London EC1
30 Apr - 12 Jun Steven Newell

Broadway Ceramics
23 Broadway Market E8

Contemporary Applied Arts
2 Percy Street London W1
23 Apr - 5 Jun
Jun Blackman and Blee
Decroated ceramics from Robert Cooper

Contemporary Ceramics
Craft Potters Shop
7 Marshall Street Lonodn W1

Crafts Council Gallery
44a Pentonville Road London N1
22 Apr- 4 Jul
Major retrospecitve of Richard Slee

Until Feb 2005
Making it Yours, an exhibtion of ceramics from the Craft Council's permanent

Gallerie Besson
15 Royal Arcade
28 Old Bond Street London W1
28 Apr - 27 May Annie Turner

Harlequin Gallery
68 Greenwich High Road London SE10
18 Apr - 9 May
Woodfire stoneware by Chris Lewis

Joanna Bird Pottery
19 Grove Park Terrace London W5
5-19 May
The Spirit of the Maker

18 May
16th Century italian Porcelain
Free gallery talk at the V&A at 1pm

25 May
Contemporary Korean Ceramics
Late view free gallery talk at the V&A at 6:30 pm

Buy a Timeout and get a listing of all the major museums.

Have a good time
London, UK

Graham & Rose Mercer on tue 11 may 04

Haven't been myself but I believe the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) has a
wonderful ceramic collection.
Also there is the Craftsmen Potters Association of Gt. Britain, 7 Marshall
St Westminster, W1 ph:0171 437 7605

Have a good trip, hope this helps
Graham Mercer
Melbourne, Australia

Jenny Lewis on tue 11 may 04

Hi Nancy

Loads to see in London - if you check the Clayart subject archives
(, you will find lots of information from previous

I recommend that you start off with a visit to Contemporary Ceramics in
Marshall Street - near Oxford Circus, just off Carnaby Street. They have lots of
goodies to look at, lots of books, Ceramic Review is on sale and lists the
latest exhibitions, etc.

Also, the Crafts Council in Pentonville Road (nearest tube station is Angel)
for a nice shop, usually a nice exhibition, and a super reference area. You
can look up info on makers all over the country, either on card index or on
computer. Good to do this one on a Saturday if possible, as the antiques market
is nearby, called Camden Passage, and fascinating to wander around.

Don't miss: the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) - a full day minimum is
needed to do justice to the ceramics galleries, and then there are all the other
things to see there. ok, you need more than a day, but it's worth a try!

The British Museum - ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and of
course British ceramics among all the other stuff. Another full day, minimum.

The Percival David Foundation, not far from the BM - fabulous collection of
Chinese stoneware and porcelain. Peculiar opening hours, so check before you

Petrie Museum of Egyptology, also near the BM, even more peculiar opening
hours (because they are part of London University and mainly a resource centre
for students) - fabulous collection of Egyptian pots and other stuff.

Galerie Besson, in an arcade off Bond Street - they have a website if you do
a Google - worth looking at whatever is on show and on sale there. Usually
wildly expensive stuff by famous people, but still worth a look.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and invest in a good street map - A-Z maps are
on sale nearly everywhere.

Will you be travelling out of London? There are numerous other places well
worth a visit, but I won't bore you too much right now in case it's not
relevant, but let me know if want any other info.

I recently moved away from London after 30-something years living there.
Life is slower paced and quieter and I am enjoying it enormously, but after
typing the above I think I am due for a day trip to do the favourite pot spots


Jenny Lewis
between Winchester and Southampton
in Hampshire, UK